New York, NY—The union that represents 150 faculty and staff the K-12 public school administered by Hunter College announced that a strike has been averted after Hunter’s administration agreed to an independent safety inspection of the main building at 94th Street and Park Avenue, as well as the Silberman School of Social Work.
On Sunday, the union, the Professional Staff Congress, issued a statement that the HCCS faculty and staff had overwhelmingly authorized a safety strike if the administration did not agree to an independent inspection of the school’s main building that has a history of poor ventilation.
However, yesterday an independent inspection was conducted at 94th Street and Park Avenue, and there will be an upcoming inspection at the Silberman School of Social Work before 9th and 10th grade classes are scheduled to meet there on October 1.
“The faculty and staff of the Hunter College Campus Schools took a brave stand for the safety of students, teachers and the community. Because of their advocacy and the support of their union, HCCS has been forced to implement a whole series of new safety protocols,” said Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC.
She added, “That the teachers were ready to strike helped to win a commitment to regular COVID testing, a safety inspection by an independent inspector, containment of dangerous mold, and a temporary restraining order that impelled Hunter to install HEPA air filters in classrooms. None of these protections was in place until the teachers and their union fought for them. Our fight was a fight for everyone in the HCCS community.”
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